We The People

I was inspired and encouraged by the people I saw at the polls this morning. Not just the by the number of them, but by their diversity. Young and old; men and women; affluent and otherwise; Hispanic, Indian, Anglo, and citizens of European heritage, speaking to their children in native tongues...In this season of Thanksgiving, I am extremely grateful for our founding fathers, and their vision of democracy; for the generations of men and women who have protected our freedom; for women who foug … [Read more...]

Joy in the Morning

The day after tomorrow, we may still not know who the president is. But perhaps we'll have gotten over trying to change the minds and hearts of those who we feel are voting against us.There are a couple of things wrong with that statement. 1-that we think we can change people's minds and hearts, and 2-that we feel the folks in the other party are voting against us. Against us, personally. Those are the things wrong with that statement--but that is exactly where we are.I care very much who … [Read more...]

Scattered and Sown

So this farmer went out with a bunch of seeds. And he scattered them far and wide. Some fell on the road, so the road runners ate them. Some fell on the red rock; those seeds sprouted quickly, but their roots didn't go very deep. The saplings whithered and died in the blazing sun, and the remains were trampled by coyotes. Some fell in the dry and thorny weeds; those seeds never had a chance. And some of those seeds fell on rich, fertile, life-filled soil, and grew forth abundant … [Read more...]

Scent of the Sacred

Best smells for the soul:fresh lavender. or basil. cut christmas tree. my favorite leather jacket. library books. my kids, just out of the bath. laundry. an old church fellowship hall. morning coffee. my husband's t-shirt. just-blown-out birthday candles. honeysuckle in the kentucky springtime. rain in the desert, anytime. onions cooking in olive oil. bread baking. (baking anything). tobacco hanging in my grandparents' barn.I love to go for a walk about 30 minutes before dark. Partly because … [Read more...]

Thin Places: Sanctuary

I love Halloween.Seriously, when else do you get to be a rockstar-gypsy-cowgirl AND eat lots of candy? Ok, maybe i do that every day, but still. On Halloween, it's FESTIVE. And there are decorations, and the candy-calories don't count (as everybody knows). And this year, i had the joy of trick-or-treating with my kids, on the first year they were big enough to really get it. And there is nothing like watching them march up to the door with the big kids and take their place in the order of … [Read more...]

Cut and Paste

I've had a startling revelation--I'm conservative.At least, the elements of my life reflect conservative values. I am married to a partner of opposite sex. He is my first spouse, and the father of both our children. We have 2.5 kids--meaning, two kids and a really sweet dog. We have very little debt. Heck, we don't even have a car payment. We don't have cable. One parent stays home with the children full-time. We do not let our kids watch inapproprate television, nor do we expose them to music … [Read more...]

…but the Lord was not in the wind

They're like Voldemort.Or perhaps I should say, "he who must not be named.' Because really, naming them gives them power.They are people who show up at a soldier's funeral to spew hate rhetoric. They are people who move in when there is tremendous grief; and sometimes, like dementors, they are also drawn to celebration. They make hideous signs, and they make the news.They are pastors who teach their youth that a little bit of harrassment might be a good ministry to the gay kids. They are … [Read more...]

Simple Gifts

Every year we complain."The traffic is terrible!" "The lines are ridiculous!" "The stuff is out in October!" "If i hear one more Celine Dion 'O Holy Night,' I'm going to puke!" "My credit card bill is outrageous!"And then, every year...every year of the world...we do it all again.Why do we think this is what the season has to look like? We've been programmed, is why. And who is programming us? Retailers. Credit card companies. The vast and varied entertainment industries. They are counting … [Read more...]

In the Presence of the World

Until we understand what the land is, we are at odds with everything we touch. And to come to that understanding it is necessary, even now, to leave the regions of our conquest--the cleared fields, the towns and cities, the highways--and re-enter the darkness of our own absence. Only in this silence and darkness can man recover the sense of the world's longevity, of its ability to thrive without him, of his inferiority to it and his dependence on it. Perhaps then, having heard that silence and s … [Read more...]


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